Response to Achenbach Article

This blog post is a response to Joel Achenbach’s Washington Post article called “I Really Need You To Read This Article, OK?”

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Joel Achenbach,

In his article, Joel Achenbach points out that the journalism business is changing from print to online. Consequentially, page views are determining content instead of what is really news. Achenbach points out that most journalists did not consider the business side of journalism until now. Now, page views are the driving factor.

The problem is that the page views aren’t always associated with what readers want since they are driven up by merely refreshing the page. Both those who do and don’t prefer good writing will be on the Internet. It is the journalist’s job to support the “fluff”. The Internet is also useful in providing reader feedback on a story like the discussions we have on Blackboard. I also love how Achenbach ends the article by mentioning his site and wanting his readers to refresh the page.


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